Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

 No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked. 

A big part of hydration includes a moisturizer. Any glycerin-rich foot cream will be able to sink smoothly under the toughest parts of your foot to keep it smooth. A possibly surprising moisturizer can be found right in your kitchen: honey. A great natural antiseptic and foot softer, honey will leave your feet smelling and looking great. Put Vaseline around your toenails at night as often as you can to keep them soft. 

Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your feet protected all year round:

  • Get into the habit of taking shoes and socks off at the door to allow your feet to breathe at home. When you’re heading out the door consider putting lotion and cotton socks on. The socks will keep moisture in and keep your feet from sweating as much, which will prevent a breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other diseases. 
  • Sunscreen is most important to use during the warmer seasons, but many people will forget their feet. If you’re restocking or looking for a better brand to use, look for one with moisturizer in it or one that is missing astringent (an ingredient that dries and tightens skin). Every time you put sandals, flip flops, or heels on remember to put some sunscreen on. 
  • Water is all around great for your skin and health, but we don’t necessarily wash our bodies every single day. However, soaking your feet provides an extra layer of hydration and keeps feet soft.
  • Don’t forget about your nails. Cuticle oil is a moisturizing product that will hydrate, protect, and improve the appearance of your nails. Oil can also help with nail growth and should go on after lotion and nail polish. 

If you are experiencing skin conditions that don’t seem to want to go away, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.

Corn and Callus Prevention

Feet can be tough to treat right with how much pressure people put on their feet every day.  People often neglect the proper cleaning, care, and maintenance of their feet which can lead to problems. Individuals can prevent most issues with...

Do Your Feet Smell?

Have you ever been over a friend’s house when that time comes to take off your shoes and you cringe? You know you’re in trouble even though you may have just taken a fresh shower and put on a clean and cute pair of socks.

Blisters Can Be a Bummer

They are fluid-filled bubbles that result from poorly-fitted shoes, excessive moisture or chemical exposure. Other causes are frostbite, sunburn, allergic reactions and fungal infections.

Exercising your Feet

In order to improve your overall foot health, it is wise to exercise your feet every day. Walking is wonderful for your feet since the motion extends your foot from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.

Walking on Flat Feet

If you suspect that you have flat feet, chances are you are progressively developing a deformity that could affect the way you walk, exercise and more. Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers treats flat feet often, a foot deformity that leaves the sole of your feet resting flat on the ground.
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